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Photo by Michael Dobbs – Woodborough Web

Support Group for anyone affected by Parkinson’s

Members with Jo Davies and Sara Blizzard in the BBC Nottingham TV studio

At the group’s AGM this month Chairman Bernard summarised the year’s successful programme of monthly meetings and social events. Trips out have included the National Memorial Arboreum, a Murder Mystery evening and visits to museums and pub lunches.

He thanked member Stella Bentley for raising over £1000 for group funds selling plants at various Galas and Car Boot Sales. Sadly group funds were boosted by donations in memory of 3 much missed members but we are proud that their widows still attend the group. Carol Brown, who is a whizz at sugarcraft, treated us to a beautiful cake to help celebrate the Group’s 6th birthday.

Peter Sansom has not allowed his mobility and dexterity problems to overcome his extraordinary skills at woodwork. Assisted by Joseph Vell of the Rocking Horse Club Peter has spent 2 hours a week for the past year making a rocking horse for his 5 month old grandson in Dubai. It has a genuine horsehair mane and looks amazing. What a lucky little boy!

The social highlight of the month was a tour around the BBC Studios at Nottingham. Radio broadcaster Jo Davies, ably assisted by Caroline, proved to be an interesting guide. A chat with Sara Blizzard after she had finished presenting the weather forecast was an extra treat. As well as learning so much about producing Radio and TV programmes we found out that Jo has a wicked sense of humour as she made us all feel at ease.

If you want more information about this friendly independent group please phone Sandra & Michael on 01636 812399 or email   Age, address, and marital status are not important, but you do need a zest for life.

The Will Green Column

I am pleased to say that the ‘Will Green column’ is now up and running again as I’ve begun the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. This monthly blog is towards my skills part of the scheme, along with football as the physical aspect and volunteering. The main difference between Silver and Gold is the length of time spent doing these sections and the final expedition is 5 days rather than 3. The other difference is that I have to carry out a week long residential at a non profiting organisation such as scout camp etc.

My last column for the Silver was before my final expedition so I thought I’d write about my experiences of the walk.

It was back in September 2016 when myself and a team of 5 other friends set out on our walk. We set off from a small village in Derbyshire on the Friday morning. The forecast was good for the weekend so we were in for a fairly easy trek unlike our practise walk which was in blizzard conditions.

We walked for about 17km a day which doesn’t sound a lot but with the added weight of our rucksacks and the hilly terrain, it was plenty.

As part of our ‘aim’ we chose to observe and document wildlife we met along our route. One of the most memorable sightings was of a calf which had just been born, this must have been moments before we walked passed as the mother was cleaning her calf. We took photos of the wildlife and had to incorporate these in our end of Silver presentation.

On the final day, my parents joined our group at the campsite and followed our route along several checkpoints to provide us with water and to spur us on. It was a beautiful day and the perfect end to a great weekend.

Our final leg of the walk took us to Monyash, which is a lovely little village about 5 miles from Bakewell. This is where we found out we had successfully completed our expedition and we celebrated with an ice cream from the local cafe.

I’m looking forward to doing the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award but I don’t think it’s going be as easy as previous expeditions as for our practise walk we are expected to be trekking through Kinder Scout in the Dark Peak of Derbyshire which is well known for it’s very steep ravines and its boggy marshlands and our final walk will be in the North Yorkshire Dales.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my Silver expedition.

See you next month, Will Green

Severn Trent Water Work in Epperstone

Progress update.

· The ductile iron pipework has been completed in Mr Santos’ field and pipework has now been installed underneath Hagg Lane via directional drill.

· The drilling operation into the playing field is now underway. The drilling programme will then continue towards Lowdham Road.

· The road closure signage is in place on Gonalston Lane but we have been able to maintain passage through the site and do not envisage a full closure until early March (if at all). We may be able to complete connection works on Gonalston Lane under 2 way traffic lights. If so this is likely to occur during the week commencing 12/03/18.

· We are also looking to complete the UPT at the southernmost part of the scheme during the week commencing 5th of March.

I am waiting on a more detailed programme with updated dates from the Contractor. Again, I will pass these details onto you once received.

Stuart Kerr
Senior Programme Engineer, Asset Creation East Infra
STW Spondon, Celanese Road, Spondon, Derby, DE21 7BS

Tel: 07789 904122